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MCAST and engineering occupation – Stephen Sammut


Nov 14, 2022

The engineering occupation board election is now behind us and the mud has settled sufficient for the occupation to maneuver ahead. As a member, I adopted with curiosity the electoral messages of the assorted candidates. The MCAST scholar warrant problem appeared to have been one of the vital vital factors raised by the candidates.

As an engineer, whereas observing the give attention to the engineering warrant problem, I’m additionally baffled by the dearth of debate and concern on the small variety of new engineers becoming a member of the occupation in Malta, which may be very removed from being at par with different nations. As Eurostat statistics present, Malta has among the many lowest share of engineers to staff ratio when in comparison with different EU nations. It might even be pertinent to judge which duties really want an engineering warrant and what number of engineering graduates apply for a warrant.

For over 10 years, there was scrutiny and common audits on the MCAST programs.  High quality assurance is of utmost significance. Nevertheless, the identical ought to apply to all establishments, together with international universities, when alumni with international {qualifications} apply for the warrant.  I not often see anybody write about this, so would I be justified to consider that, as knowledgeable group, we have now extra belief in international universities than in native ones as maybe was the case in colonial occasions?

The problem has taken on the spirit of polarisation, which will be skilled in so many facets of life in Malta.

Some, sadly, select to talk about MCAST as if it had been an alien world and earlier than ever having visited the school, with out realising that this establishment employs over 50 engineers who work with the youthful era aspiring in the direction of rewarding careers.

The Institute of Engineering and Transport at MCAST is accountable for the coaching of greater than 1,000 full-time college students. These college students attempt to additional their data within the varied engineering fields, by programs starting from MQF Degree 1 to MQF Degree 7.  This coaching is delivered at the side of trade, with which we companion to make sure related, high quality programmes.  Our college students comply with apprenticeships, internships and are efficiently employed with our nation’s high industrial and social gamers. 

I’m baffled by the dearth of debate on the small variety of new engineers becoming a member of the occupation

Lots of our alumni are main Malta’s trade and continued their research at Grasp’s and doctoral degree each in Malta and overseas.  The primary telephone calls I obtain each morning are from our industrial companions asking for extra college students and alumni to hitch their workforce.

My attraction to all, particularly to engineers, is that MCAST is the pure residence for innovators. It’s the place for individuals who can contribute in the direction of the training of the longer term era of engineers. 

I nonetheless keep in mind the day once I myself was introduced with my warrant and the delight I felt once I joined the occupation.  Trying on the record of engineers in The Malta Authorities Gazette now and seeing warrant numbers above 2,000 signifies that point is passing and, certainly, all of us have a accountability to foster curiosity in our occupation and educate our children. We do that in order that, in the future, the subsequent era might maintain us in esteem because the individuals who helped kind a brand new, higher era of engineers.

I don’t wish to be remembered as a part of a era of engineers whose foremost level of operation was retaining a bunch of alumni from acquiring a warrant. I would like to be remembered as being a part of a motion that multiplied, by, say, tenfold, the roles which a warranted engineer solely can conduct, thus making the warrant extra related. To destroy is straightforward. To construct is way more troublesome. Allow us to not take the straightforward route. Allow us to create a legacy of which we will actually be happy with.  This we will do provided that all of the organisations, together with the Chamber of Engineers, MAPE, UOM and MCAST work collectively to contribute in the direction of the occupation, making it really related.

In regards to the high quality of our engineering graduates, our pledge is that we, as professionals, would be the first to make sure that our programs are of the fitting degree and high quality. Does anybody actually suppose we, the lecturers of MCAST, are able to destroy a occupation we’re so happy with by delivering substandard coaching? Would trade carry on using our alumni if our coaching was not top-notch as our exterior examiners inform us yr after yr?

MCAST ought to be an organisation which all of us ought to be happy with. On this establishment, you all have a stake and a say.

I conclude by placing ahead this petition to all my colleagues within the occupation. Don’t hesitate to come back ahead and contribute. We’re prepared to fulfill with you all, present you what we do and, finally, take your suggestions to enhance what we do.  Our doorways are open.

Stephen Sammut, director, Institute of Engineering and Transport, MCAST 

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